Saturday, February 2, 2013

2013 Challenge: The Chunkster Reading Challenge


Wendy at Caribousmom and Vasilly at 1330V have again teamed up to host the Chunkster Challenge, one of my favorites, even if I am not so good at completing it.

2013 is the fourth year that I am participating in this challenge, which involves reading books with a minimum of 450 pages.  I am signed up for the "Plump Primer" level to read six chunksters before the end of the year.


Not only did I finally manage to complete this challenge, I read one extra book.  And I cam very close to getting an eighth, but my edition of What's Bred in the Bone by Robertson Davies (reviewed here) only had 448 pages in it!

Only two of the books I read for the challenge were from the list of possibilities I made at the beginning of the challenge. So much for planning!

Personal History by Katharine Graham (reviewed here) (688 pages)
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (not reviewed) (624 pages)

The Affair by Lee Child (nor reviewed) (608 pages)
Just Enough Liebling by A. J. Liebling (reviewed here) (560 pages)
Independent People by Halldór Laxness (reviewed here) (512 pages)
Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis (not reviewed) (480 pages)
She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb (reviewed here) (465 pages)


Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry (960)

More Matter: Essays and Criticism by John Updike (928)

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (862)

Redemption by Leon Uris (848)

The Charm School
by Nelson DeMille (816)

Ancient Evening by Norman Mailer (800)

The Life of Noel Coward by Cole Lesley (608)

Just Enough Liebling by A. J. Liebling (560)

She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb (465)

UPDATED: December 26, 2013


  1. I tried doing a chunkster challenge last year and never quite made it. Although, I have to say I am glad one exists for 2013 in case I do make it through some of the chunksters I probably will read anyway. So it's good to know I can sign up for one if I happen to get into my chunksters. Thanks :)

  2. Lonesome Dove is fan-freaking-tastic. Read it last year, and utterly loved it. Unfortunately heard the sequels aren't up to par, but you should put that one to the top of your list.

  3. My friend Birgit is hosting a Tea and Books challenge here:

  4. Elemillia: I've done this challenge for the last three years, but 2012 was the first year I finished. Now, I think I am on a roll.

    Carin: I really meant to read LD last year and didn't. Thanks for the nudge!

    Ally: The Tea & Books challenge is wonderful! I did it last year, although I fell one book short of my goal. I think I will sign up again, now that Carin reminded me to read Lonesome Dove.


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